A "Celebration of Life " service will be at 10 a.m. on October 12, 2012, at the Craddock Memorial Chapel in honor of Glendel Burris Rayburn. Pastor Steve Robinette of Peeks Mill, West Virginia, will be officiating. A graveside service will follow at 3 p.m. in Birds Prairie Cemetery in Tupelo, Okla.
The youngest of three sons, Glendel was born in Ozark, Arkansas, on November 11, 1936, to the Rev. Nolon (N.B.) and Nellie Rayburn. After fighting a long and courageous battle, he passed away on October 6, 2012, with complications due to West Nile Virus.
Glendel graduated from Henryetta High School in 1955 where he played quarterback for the Fighting Hens. Although, he didn't quite reach the level of fame as did another fellow HHS quarterback, Troy Aikman. He was chosen as a member of the Oklahoma Coaches Association All State Football Team as well as the National Prep School All American Football Squad.
Glendel married Shelba Jean Clifford on April 19, 1957. They shared 55 years together and were blessed with four children, Randall, Jennifer, Rachel and Travis; four wonderful sons and daughters-in-law; and eight grandchildren who were his "pride and joy" and affectionately called him "the aggravator."
Glendel enjoyed a career of 38 years with The National Life and Accident Insurance Co., which later became American General Life and Accident Insurance. After retirement, Glendel had numerous hobbies which kept him busy. He was an avid football fan and played golf. He collected and read World War II history books. He loved to spend time with his grandchildren working on puzzles at the holidays and later framing them as "pieces of art." He enjoyed listening to music, especially southern gospel. Surrounding the walls of his office is an extensive coffee mug collection of nearly 300 coffee mugs representing the places he had visited as well as all of the sports memorabilia of his children and grandchildren. But, most of all, up until contracting West Nile, he worked tirelessly in his flower and rock gardens… He considered rocks to be like diamonds.
Preceding him in death were his father and mother, the Rev. N.B. and Nellie Rayburn; and a brother, James Stanley Rayburn.
He is survived by his wife, Shelba; his children, Randy and Cindy Rayburn of Bowie, Texas, Jennifer and Jim Bynum of Las Vegas, Nev., Rachel and Dewayne Rains of Nashville, Tenn., and Travis and Julie Rayburn of Ardmore, Okla. His loving eight grandchildren are: Troy and Juliet Rayburn, Daniel and Nathan Quinn, Moriah Rayburn, Tyler Bynum, Faith Bynum, Stormy Rains, Jentri Rayburn and Drew Rayburn. Survivors also include a brother, Noel Elgin Rayburn and wife, Dorothy; sister and brothers-in-law, Rose Clifford and Pat and Jesse Leach; and many nieces, nephews and cousins all of whom he was very fond of.
Serving as pallbearers will be Terry Ozborn, Jesse Leach, Troy Rayburn, Nathan Quinn, Tyler Bynum, Barry Bowker and Carl Rayburn. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Drew Rayburn, Jeremy Clifford, Eric Leach, Jeff Leach and Robert Rayburn.
Page 2 of 2 - Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, October 11, 2012, at the Craddock Funeral Home.
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